Carolyn Ianncelli wrote:
To succeed in Iraq--and the war on terrorism--we have to restore trust in our nation's leadership. No matter where you stand on the war - we can all agree that we must not repeat the kind of mistakes that led us into this misguided war.
The truth about Iraq does not belong to any political party--it belongs to all of the American people, and they are entitled to hear it.
Please join me in calling on the President to lay out an effective strategy in Iraq. It is not enough to keep hoping that the Administration will finally wake up to the realities on the ground in Iraq. We must make sure that they do:
I went to the site, but did not sign the petition. Instead I sent them an email asking why Ted Kennedy is sounding as regressive as John Kerry.
We cannot "succeed in Iraq." In order to succeed, we'd first have to have a mission or goal. If you know what that mission or goal might be, please tell me. I know it isn't to find WMDs because Iraq didn't have any. I know it isn't to avenge 9/11, because Iraq didn't do it. I know it isn't to spread democracy, as we no longer have democracy here. And I know it isn't to protect the Iraqis, as they've had more deaths since we invaded than prior. Who are we supposed to protect them from anyway--us? We're the ones who invaded. I don't think we're in a good position to protect them from us.
Besides, it wasn't "mistakes" that led us into this war, it was deliberate lies. The decision was already made and afterwards the intelligence was fixed to support that decision, although we'd already started bombing Iraq so the Iraqis knew our intentions even if we didn't.
The American people do not support the war. We already know the truth about Iraq. What we're looking for is a political party that also knows the truth and will act accordingly. If Ted Kennedy knows of such a party, why doesn't he tell us about it?
This administration already knows the realities on the ground in Iraq. It could hardly be unaware of something it is making billions of dollars in profits in war profiteering from. It wants those billions to keep flowing, and it couldn't care less about who dies for their lies. It certainly couldn't care less what a liberal Democrat and millions of Americans say. It doesn't even care what Republicans opposed to the war say--this is the administration that fired Gen. Shinseki for saying we'd need more troops. It doesn't listen to anyone. All it can hear is ka-ching! Think about it. If you were making trillions of dollars from some illegal venture, would you listen to anyone who told you it was wrong and you should stop?
There can be no "effective strategy in Iraq." Iraq is a war crime. We had no legitimate reason to invade, we have no legitimate reason to be there now, and we have no legitimate reason to stay there. The only "effective strategy" is to get out of Iraq, apologize, turn our war criminals over to the World Court for justice, and pay reparations to those we've tortured or killed for no good reason whatsoever, or to their survivors. The longer we stay we more hatred we arouse and the larger the eventual reparations will be.